Pregnancy can be a joyful time for women. Knowing that a child is developing in your womb, and the anticipation and growing love for the unborn child within you, can empower a woman to feel like she never has before.
It can also make your body ache like it never has before. The physical changes that your body goes through can be daunting. As the child grows within you, the added weight can cause problems such as lower back pain, shoulder aches, and leg cramps. As your center of gravity shifts, you may feel like you are in someone else’s body. Massage can help alleviate the normal aches and pains, as well as increase your body awareness so you are more comfortable in you daily activities. Because massage can help increase flexibility, regular massage during you pregnancy can help you in the labor process, as well.
Prenatal massage can also help a woman deal with the emotional changes she experiences. As hormonal levels change, you may find yourself feeling depressed or anxious. The soothing, nurturing touch of a massage can help improve your emotional well-being, enabling you to relax and sleep better at night.
The benefits of receiving regular prenatal massage include:
- Increase circulation
- Helps relieve nausea
- Increases the flow of nutrients to the placenta
- Aid in postural realignment
- Relieves discomfort in joints
- Reduce minor swelling
- Expand the chest and ribcage, allowing for deeper breathing
- Baby can also receive a gentle massage, if mom desires
Discover the benefits of massage for yourself and your baby throughout your pregnancy. As Certified Nurturing the Mother® pregnancy massage therapists, we can assist you during the transformation of pregnancy, including in the postpartum period and throughout your journey as a mother. If you became pregnant via IVF, or have had multiple miscarriages, then prenatal massage is not performed during the first trimester. Otherwise, it is perfectly fine for women during their first trimester to receive massage!
Treat yourself or another mother to the gift of relaxation!